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M. A. Clancy
The Book Coach for Moms
Women's Fiction Writer
Mom of 3
November 9, 2022
I was fortunate to work with Megan on the process of planning my next novel. I’ve written several novels without a plan in place, and have found the revisions are massive because I didn’t do the deep planning work. But I really had no idea how to best plan a novel and prepare to do the scary thing (plotting). Megan helped me with all of this. She kept me on track with the process, creating homework plans and follow up meetings each week, starting with a brainstorming session where we talked about the main ideas of my story idea. Megan gave me the push I needed to do the hard work and really learn all the “whys” behind my story and my main character’s actions. I really enjoyed working with Megan, and would love to work with her again. It was an excellent collaboration for creating my next story. And she totally understood when my children inevitably interrupted every call.
Journalist & Romance Writer
Mom of 1
September 17, 2022
My mini-coaching session with Megan was so incredibly helpful. Her feedback was offered in a thoughtful and encouraging way. She is also incredibly understanding of the challenges of being a full-time parent and how that may show up in how dedicated you can be to your writing. She was honest and realistic without being unkind. I also appreciate that she didn't finish our session with a hard sell promising that for X dollars she would help you create a best seller. The nature of our session felt very supportive with a sincere interest in helping me improve my work. I definitely intend to work with her again.
Women's Fiction Writer
Mom of 3
September 9, 2022
"It's clear Megan's goal is to help make each story stronger, and she asks the questions that ultimately help the story grow. I have always struggled with finding the stakes in my writing. In our call, she helped me define the stakes and gave ideas to illustrate them. She also had some great thoughts on pacing and plot details. Working with Megan was a definite game changer."
Mom of 4
September 8, 2022
"I won a free first ten pages critique from Megan via a Twitter contest. I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed our consultation. She pointed out my writing strengths and, more importantly, she had very specific, in-depth and insightful comments as to how I could change those first ten pages to make them stronger. I also appreciated the fact that Megan is a mom herself and understands the challenges that we moms who write are facing."
Romantic Suspense Writer
Mom of 2
June 12, 2022
"Megan did a very thorough review of the first twenty pages of my manuscript. She took great pains in helping me find the voice of my main character, and exploring my genre category. She was extremely quick and efficient, and allowed me so many new insights. What a fresh perspective and such valuable input!
Her critiques allowed me the opportunity to grow my work to its fullest potential- yet her words of encouragement cheered me to the finish line. Thank you, Megan, for your time, patience, and expertise!"
Contemporary Romance/RomCom & Romantic Suspense Writer
Mom of 4
May 30, 2022
"Megan did an excellent job combing through my manuscript and submission package to make it query ready! In particular, she excelled at seeing the problems in my synopsis and gave me actionable feedback to fix it. I was thrilled about her list of agents she researched and delivered along with why they would be a good agent to submit to and what they are currently looking for. It simplified my work and made jumping into querying way less intimidating.
Even after all she’s done, Megan continues to be supportive. She believes in my manuscript even more than I do! She's genuinely cheering me and my project on until I find my measure of success."
Adult Fantasy Writer
Mom of 4
May 4, 2022
"Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into reviewing our manuscript. Your comments were thoughtful and considerate. And while we didn’t see eye to eye on the initial feedback, our video call was excellent. We were able to voice our concerns over the comments and suggestions and brainstorm with you, coming to a vision that worked for all of us. We are excited to dig back into our manuscript, and we know it will be a thousand times better after having worked with you.
It’s hard to trust your work to someone else, but you made the process easy and painless. I will be recommending you to all of our writing friends! This was a tremendous experience. Thanks again for all you did for us."
Women’s Fiction & Romance Writer
Mom of 1
May 2, 2022
"From the outset Megan was encouraging yet honest. The outlining process was approximately 3 weeks, and I felt as though I uncovered years’ worth of understanding for my project, my style and what I wanted to say to the world.
Megan checked in regularly to make sure I was on track and understanding each step. When I had a question, she was able to answer quickly and with examples.
While reviewing my work one on one she made me feel heard and reinforced strengths while also pointing out areas where I could take something further or when something wasn’t working while giving reason and reference for study. Her input and suggestions were to the point and clear with an uplifting spirit which made me feel confident in my progress.
The improvements to my writing have been noted by my writing group and others. Megan is great in this role and I am so glad I had the opportunity to start from the beginning with her. My work is stronger because of it."